Spirit

Album: The Lion King: The Gift (2019)
Charted: 59 98
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Songfacts®:

  • Beyoncé recorded this inspirational song for the soundtrack of the live-action remake of The Lion King and the companion album The Lion King: The Gift. It plays in the film during a pivotal scene with Nala, Simba's childhood best friend and future love interest. Beyoncé also stars in the movie as the voice of the powerful Nala.
  • The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who struggles to succeed his father as King of the Pride Lands. The song starts off with a chant in Swahili, which translates as "long live the king." The phrase acts as encouragement for the lion and his spirit to prevail.
  • Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced this song of strength with:

    Swedish-Persian songwriter IIya Salmanzadeh, who has co-penned several of Ariana Grande's hits, including "Problem," "No Tears Left to Cry," "God Is A Woman" and "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored ."

    English dance/hip-hop singer and producer Labrinth. Best known for his own hit single "Beneath Your Beautiful," Labrinth has also contributed to tunes by Noah Cyrus ("Make Me (Cry)"), The Weeknd ("Losers") and Nicki Minaj ("Majesty").
  • Beyoncé produced and curated The Lion King: The Gift companion album. She said that the songs were inspired by the remake's storyline, which "gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation."
  • The song's music video features shots of Beyoncé rocking some colorful gowns against picturesque landscapes (parts of the visual were shot at Havasu Falls in Arizona). Those scenes are interspersed with clips from The Lion King. Her daughter, Blue Ivy, also makes a brief appearance when she joins her mom among a troupe of dancers.

    Beyoncé told ABC News' Robin Roberts the concept of the video is "to show how God is the painter and natural beauty in nature needs no art direction."

    "It's the beauty of color, the beauty of melanin, the beauty of tradition," she added.

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